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Plymouth Breeze 1998 ... no heat.... "check engine" light

Hello. I purchased a 1997 Plymouth Breeze from a dealer 2 years ago and it only had 50000km on it.
I have been very happy with it except for oil leaks which seem to be pretty much standard with the Breeze.

Anyhow, about a week ago I noticed I wasn't getting any heat. It jsut blew cold air - which was a real pain considering we had -30 degrees all of last week here in Montreal.

I figured that something was wrong with the thermostat since my girlfriend's car had that happen to her as well last month.

Now, last week I drove after I warmed up my car for about 10 minutes and after I parked, I went to start it again and it wouldn't turn. Nothing. After about an hour I tried it again and it worked just fine. The next morning, I tried it again and it worked fine but as I was driving the Check Engine light came on so I turned around and came back home. I turned it off and once again, it wouldn't start after.

Just yesterday, my mechanic came back from vacation and I towed it to his garage. He check it and found that the oil had an odd colour and that the anti-freeze looked like a gell or mustard when he opened the radiator cap. He then gave me a look - as if to say that I am screwed - and said that the gasket blew and now motor oil and antifreeze have mixed throughout and that it would be too big a job to try to fix. He said that practically all hoses need to be changed because now they've come into contact with oil as well.

I bought the car for 3500 and he told me it would cost a minimum of 1500 to 'try' to repair. Ofcourse, his confidence concerned me and I was hoping to get some advice on this and to see if this has happened to anyone else.

Am I in trouble?

Regards,
Chris

PS he also mentioned a quick fix is to change the engine but it would still cost an arm and a leg.

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  • Mantz Jan 07, 2009

    Hey thanks for the quick response. I don't think I will end up keeping it however, if I do, would I also need to change the transmission?

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He's givin you the truth and nothing but the truth those are all symptoms of a blown head gasket wich is usually a pretty pricey job. I guess you need a final price and then weigh out whether its more economical for you to save it or replace it. It Happens Good luck.
p.s If you keep it make sure the entire cooling system is flushed to prevent further problems

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